Aerial view of Spanish city

Add This Country to Your Summer Plans – STAT

Along with six others to consider.

Oh happy day! Or should we say olé! A holiday in Spain is well and truly back on the agenda for UAE residents this summer. Following the announcement by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, as of June 7, UAE residents who have been fully vaccinated with WHO or EMA-approved vaccines at least 14 days before their trip will be able to travel to Spain without the need for quarantine upon arrival. 

“After long months of restrictions, finally we will be able to see tourists back from this region to Spain, where we are waiting to welcome them with our usual warmth and the highest health and security measures,” says Daniel Rosado, Director of the Spanish Tourism for Gulf countries. “In 2021, Spain hopes to receive more than 50% of the tourists that visited in 2019. June 7 will be the official start of the summer for us, where travel to Spain from the Gulf region is now finally possible.” 

So what are the rules? Paper vaccination certificates issued in Spanish or English will be accepted, provided that the vaccine administered is one of those authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or included in the WHO’s Emergency Use Listing. These include Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Oxford-AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson as well as Sinopharm.

Unvaccinated minors in the same family unit may enter Spain with a negative PCR test, although children under the age of six do not need to be tested. The vaccination certificate or PCR of minors, however, must be provided on arrival. 

However, it’s worth noting that the entry of vaccinated citizens from non-EU countries without additional health requirements may be reversed in the event of a worsening of the epidemiological situation in the country of origin or circulation of variants. 

Hot on the heels of the launch of COVID-safe flights from the UAE to Italy last month and a soon-to-be-opened travel corridor between the two countries, this sizzling piece of Spanish news couldn’t be more welcomed by UAE residents desperate for a summer holiday. So if you’ve got your sights set on Europe this summer – and let’s face it, who hasn’t? – here are six other countries that you can consider:


Cyprus recently announced that it will be accepting vaccinated travellers from 65 countries (including the UAE) with no restrictions. Those who have had both doses of the vaccine will be able to holiday in the country without having to provide a negative COVID-19 test nor quarantine.


The UAE established travel corridors with four countries in May, one of which was Greece, meaning vaccinated travellers from the UAE do not need to quarantine upon arrival – irrespective of whether the destinations are on Abu Dhabi’s Green List. If you needed more reason to book your Greek getaway right now, Wizz Air has just released amazing offers on direct flights from Abu Dhabi to Santorini (tickets start at less than AED 150 one way), placing a trip to Greek islands on the top of our summer wish list. 


Travellers from the UAE can visit Georgia with a negative PCR test, taken within 72 hours of arrival. You’ll need to take another one on the third day of your trip, but those who have received both doses of a WHO-approved vaccine will not need to take either test. There are also restricted operating hours in bars and restaurants. 


Italy formally reopened its borders on Sunday, May 16 for restriction-free travel for visitors from a number of countries, including EU member states, the UK, and Israel, provided they could show proof of full vaccination, a negative PCR test, or that they had recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months. Much like visitors from the US, fully vaccinated visitors from the UAE will now be able to travel to Italy on a COVID-safe flight without the need to quarantine upon arrival.


Serbia is one of the four countries to have established a travel corridor with the UAE, so visitors from the emirates do not need to quarantine when they arrive. Shopping malls, restaurants, and some tourist attractions have reopened in capital Belgrade and across the country.


Turkey is open to travellers from the UAE – simply bring your PCR test valid as of 72 hours and fill in the passenger information form upon arrival. As long as you meet the Turkish immigration rules, you can fly to Turkey from any nation with the current exceptions of Brazil and South Africa. Passengers who have been in Brazil, India, or South Africa in the past 10 days are subject to a 14-day quarantine.

Disclaimer: As the pandemic continues, travel information is subject to change on a daily basis. The aforementioned details were accurate at the time of writing, but updates that affect your travel can occur at any time. If you are planning a trip, please ensure that you are aware of the safety risks and have prepared accordingly.


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Where Can I Find Serenity In Dubai?

Unwind & Unleash Better

Dubai, globally renowned for its tourism appeal, presents a surprising array of hidden picnic spots that seamlessly merge nature’s tranquillity with the city’s vibrant allure. Beyond the iconic skyline and luxurious attractions, Dubai showcases a commitment to preserving culture and heritage. Diverse outdoor spaces have been created to offer a refreshing respite amidst the city’s hustle. There are plenty of places to enjoy a day with friends and family. Let’s explore the best outdoor spots in Dubai, where you can relax, unwind, and create fantastic memories.

Dubai Creek Park

Dubai Creek Park is the second largest park in Dubai. Spread across vast green lawns, the park offers stunning views of Dubai Creek, botanical gardens and an amphitheatre. Dubai Creek Park has many amenities like mini golf, go-karting and a vast playground for kids. It is the very first theme park for children. Children City and Dubai Dolphinarium are the major attractions of this park. You will witness traditional dhow boats gliding through the water. With children’s play areas and a cable car ride, Dubai Creek Park promises an enjoyable time for the entire family.

Jumeirah Beach Park

Jumeirah Beach Park offers stunning views of the Arabian Gulf. Home to a variety of attractions, including a playground, a barbecue area, and a water park, it offers plenty of shady spots to relax and picnic. Offering some beach sports for both children and adults, you come across beautiful tranquil spots as well.

Mushrif Park

A sprawling oasis spanning over 1,300 acres, this is located in the eastern part of the city, near the suburb of Al Khawaneej, about 16 km from the traditional centre of Dubai. This park boasts of lush gardens, vast open spaces, and tranquil lakes. It also has a train ride facility that tours the beauty of the park. Here, you can find designated picnic areas equipped with barbecue facilities, providing the perfect setting for an alfresco feast. For added adventure, you can explore the park’s cycling tracks, and horseback riding trails, and even take a stroll through the botanical gardens in the evenings.

Al Qudra Lake

An expansive Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve built to promote eco-tourism in Dubai, it features multiple artificial lakes, surrounded by dunes and fauna. The attraction gained popularity in 2015 for its authentic desert vibe and seclusion. It is a popular spot for fishing and water sports. The lake is surrounded by desert dunes, which provide a stunning backdrop for a break from the grind.

Zabeel Park

Spreading across an area of 45 football fields, it has three zones, namely, Techno Zone, Communications Zone, and Alternative Energy Zone. Situated in the shadow of Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa, across 47.5 hectares, the park offers lush greenery, lakes, and picturesque gardens. With designated barbecue areas, ample seating spaces, and well-maintained lawns, Zabeel Park’s unique features, such as the Dubai Frame and the Dubai Garden Glow, add an extra touch of magic for residents and tourists.

Safa Park

Expanded to around 64 hectares of land, it is home to a variety of attractions, including a playground, a zoo, and a lake. There are also plenty of shady spots to relax and picnic.

Al Barsha Pond Park

If you are planning to escape from the city and spend some time in a peaceful residential area then this would be the right place for you. Al Barsha Pond Park is a small park located in the Al Barsha area of Dubai. It is home to a variety of attractions, including a playground, a pond, and a walking track. There are also plenty of shady spots to relax and picnic.

Al Mamzar Beach Park

Nestled along Dubai’s coastline, this pristine park features five beautiful beaches, extensive green lawns, and palm-fringed pathways. Picnic shelters, barbecue sites, and playgrounds are scattered throughout the park. Swim in the crystal-clear waters, play some beach volleyball, or simply relax on the sandy shores. Al Mamzar Beach Park offers a perfect blend of sun, sand, and picnic bliss.

These are just a few of the many great recreational spots in Dubai. With so many options to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect place to enjoy a day out with friends and family.

When deciding on a spot, consider the weather conditions for the day. If it’s scorching hot outside, opt for a location with ample shade to provide relief from the sun’s intense rays. Pack plenty of food and drinks, ensuring that you include items that will help you stay hydrated and energised in the heat. Bring a first-aid kit just in case. Lastly, remember to be responsible and respectful by cleaning up and leaving the park in the same pristine condition as when you arrived.

Going on a picnic is fun. Our team at Gaggler has some recommendations to make your family time enjoyable and to collect some of the precious moments.

Take a break from your bustling life with an Intention Setting Kit to enhance your productivity. Wear a Labradorite Bracelet to welcome your mind and heart for new ideas and thoughts. Going outdoors in Dubai may cause sweating so use UnderArm Sweat Pads to feel fresh and relaxed. Treat yourself to some Brownie Bossbabe Cookies for a healthy boost of energy. Staying hydrated is essential outdoors so don’t forget to carry a Rose Quartz Crystal Water Bottle for your 2 Litres of daily water intake.

Intention Setting Kit

As you embark on your picnic adventure in Dubai Creek Park, set your intentions for the day with an Intention Setting Kit. This kit includes items like a Patchouli Tealight, a Palo Santo Wood Stick, Frankincense Incense, a White Sage Stick, and a Clear Quartz Crystal. Use the guide provided to perform a DIY ritual and set your intentions for fresh starts and positive energy.


Intention Setting Kit

AED 175.00

Labradorite Bracelet

Incorporate crystals by wearing a Labradorite Bracelet when you decide to connect with nature. It is known for its purifying and enlightening properties. It helps to calm an overactive mind, open up new ideas, strengthen your aura, and rejuvenate your mind. A perfect accessory while taking a stroll in the Jumeirah Beach Park!


Labradorite Bracelet

AED 66.00

No Stain Underarm Sweat Pads

Stay fresh and confident throughout your day out with No Stain Underarm Sweat Pads. These disposable pads are easy to use and prevent sweat stains on your clothing. Simply place them on the inside of your garment to absorb sweat and avoid any embarrassing stains. Enjoy your time at the Mushrif Park without the fear of visible sweat marks.


No Stain Under Arm Sweat Pads

AED 40.00

Brownie Bossbabe

Treat yourself to a delicious and nutritious snack with the Brownie Bossbabe Cookie. This soft-textured cookie is packed with cacao and dark chocolate, providing antioxidants and immune support. Indulge in the rich and powerful flavours perfect for your outdoor adventure at the Al Mamzar Beach Park.


The Brownie Bossbabe

AED 90.00

Crystal-Infused Water Bottle

Rose Quartz Crystal Water Bottle, known for its love, empathy, and healing properties can help nourish your heart, promote self-love and self-awareness, and attract love from others. Sip on crystal-infused water as you relax and enjoy your picnic in Safa Park Dubai.


Rose Quartz Crystal Water Bottle

AED 280.00

Beyond the glitz and glamour, Dubai surprises visitors with spaces that create a harmony and a connect between nature, relaxation, and personal well-being. The positive energy in these parks along with intention-setting recommended products from The Gaggler is a great way to switch up your wellness routine.


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